Koh NangYuan Viewpoint
Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint is the most famous of all the viewpoints in the Koh Tao area and is one of the most iconic landmarks in Thailand. Very few tourists leave from their Koh Tao holiday without making a trip over to Koh Nang Yuan for a day to enjoy the fantastic snorkeling, and get their photos taken looking down from the rocky viewpoint onto the sand bars below.
Koh Nang Yuan can be reached by longtail boat from one of the many water-taxi stations dotted along Sairee Beach, and is open from 10am until 5 pm daily. Between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm, the island is also visited by multiple boats bringing day-trippers from the neighboring islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. So the optimal time to be on the island is between 3 pm and 5 pm after the day boats have departed again, so you have more of the island to yourself.
As Koh Nang Yuan Island falls under the National Park banner, it is a designated sanctuary area and there is a 250b entry fee that goes towards its upkeep.
Please note that Koh Nang Yuan is a marine reserve area, and as such, no single-use plastic items such as water bottles may be taken onto the island. Any plastic items you are visibly carrying at the entrance will be taken and held for pickup when you leave. If you don’t already have a reusable water bottle, you can buy a metal ‘Trash Hero’ bottle from one of many shops or dive centres on the island. Once you have one of these, you are entitled to free water refills from any of the participating businesses (which are listed on the side of the bottle).
Services & Facilities
There is a bar, café, and restaurant on the island, although be aware that prices are higher here than back on Koh Tao. So it’s not a bad idea to take some of your snacks and refreshments with you – provided they are not carried in single-use plastic of course.
Sunrise or Sunset?
Neither. As the island is only open from 10 am until 5 pm daily, watching either sunrise or sunset is not possible unless you stay for a night at the island’s only resort.